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The Artist Behind Salem

It is an iconic image of Wales to compare with pit winding wheels, leeks and daffodils, rugby posts - and ladies in tall hats. Sydney Curnow Vosper's Salem has inspired and mystified Welsh poets, artists, and local historians for the best part of the 20th century.

This week Y Lolfa will release the first full biography of Curnow Vosper. Curnow Vosper: His Life and His Works by Joylon Goodman contains the largest number of his work ever published in one volume. He exhibited over two hundred watercolours, mainly in London, but the principal collections of his works are now held in Wales.

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British Soap Awards Winner Publishes Third Novel in Three Years

EastEnders' longest serving writer and winner of this year's Outstanding Achievent Award at the British Soap Awards ceremony, Rob Gittins, has published his third novel in three years with Y Lolfa press.

The award-winning screenwriter from Carmarthenshire launched Secret Shelter, this third thriller, in Carmarthen's Waterstones last week. The hard-hitting crime novel is set in the hidden world of witness protection, and features characters first encountered in the author's debut novel, Gimme Shelter (2013).

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Author of best-selling Welsh for Parents course releases brand-new handbook

“If we want people to use Welsh, then we need to continue to get much better at teaching people what they actually want to say and do – and Welsh for Parents: A Learner's Handbook is a small step on that journey.”

Lisa Jones learnt Welsh from scratch after moving to Brecon soon after her first child was born, in order to help put the language back into her family. She studied at the University of Glamorgan and taught Welsh at Coleg Gwent before starting to design and run Welsh classes tailored for busy parents in order to raise money for her children's Welsh-speaking primary school. Parents learnt practical everyday language for home, school and the community.

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Debut Author’s Book on Controversial 1974 Lions Tour Shortlisted for Rugby Book of the Year Award

Y Lolfa publishers are proud to announce that Undefeated – The Story of the 1974 Lions by debut author Rhodri Davies has been shortlisted for the coveted 2015 Cross British Sports Book Awards, one of the key events in the publishing and sporting calendar.

Published last summer to mark 40 years since the British and Irish Lions team triumphed in South Africa, Undefeated is now in its second edition. Penarth author Rhodri Davies will join the likes of football's fiery Roy Keane and flamboyant golfer Ian Poulter at the prestigious awards ceremony, which will take place at Lord's Cricket Ground on the 3rd of June, and will be filmed for broadcast on SkySports TV.

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Aberystwyth Author Finally Publishes Collection of Stories after 36 years

A collection of short stories has finally been published 36 years after they were first written by Aberystwyth-born Gwynn Davis.

In Aberystwyth Boy the author recalls his experiences as a young boy growing up in Aberystwyth in the 1950s and '60s, and immortalises the town's characters who made his adolescence truly memorable.

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The Rise and Fall of the Welsh Language

The well-known author and language tutor, Cennard Davies, has released a new edition of his book The Welsh Language, to include recent developments such as the disappointing results of the 2011 census and the appointment of the Welsh Language Commissioner.

“Since the beginning of the last century, the number and percentage of Welsh speakers have decreased in each consecutive census,” says Cennard Davies, who hails from Treorci, Rhondda. “Even though the 2001 census bucked the trend by showing an increase, this proved to be a false dawn as it was then followed by a 1.8% decline in 2011.

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‘Roller coaster’ autobiography of Aberystwyth TV Producer

“If I learned the knack of staying cool in a crisis, it all came from my years working in the newsroom,” recalls David Lloyd of Aberystwyth in his brand-new autobiography.

“News items from north Wales had to be driven down to Cardiff by van every day. News was not allowed to happen in Bangor after midday!

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Welsh Rugby Legend Delme Lifts Lid on Battle with Depression

Delme Thomas is one of those giants of Welsh rugby for whom a Christian name is enough – but in his brand-new book he reveals how he was laid low by retirement from the game.

Delme: The Autobiography tells the story of his nervous breakdown after giving up the game he loved and which had given him so much through three British and Irish Lions tours, 22 Wales caps and of course captaining his beloved Llanelli to that victory over the All Blacks.

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The Guardian of Snowdonia Immortalised in Memoir

The memoir of feisty campaigner and conservationist, Esmé Kirby, has been launched this week, marking the 15th anniversary of her death.

Esmé Kirby was the heroine of 'I Bought a Mountain', the bestselling story of 23-year-old newcomers taking on a Snowdonia sheep farm, despite having no farm experience. The book, written by Esmé's first husband Thomas Firbank, was published in 1940 and told of the couple's life at Dyffryn in Capel Curig.

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Politics, life and love in 1950s Wales: the novel that “should be on everyone’s reading list”

A brand-new novel has been described by prominent Welsh author Angharad Tomos as a book that “should be on everyone's reading list.”

Amongst the many others offering reviews of first-time author Gareth Thomas' new novel, 'A Welsh Dawn' is former First Minister for Wales Rhodri Morgan, Jane Hutt AM, Dafydd Wigley, Bryn Fôn and distinguished academic Dr Alwyn Roberts.

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The Welsh Language
Cennard Davies
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My Shoulder to the Wheel: An Autobiography
Meic Stephens
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Delme: The Autobiography
Delme Thomas
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Aberystwyth Boy
Gwynn Davis
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